An American beading heart

Published: Sep. 24, 2019 at 10:40 PM CDT
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One Vietnam veteran in Mandan is continuing to support America in an artistic way.

Freddie Rios makes beaded American flags and gives them away for free. Not only is it a hobby, but it's therapy, after serving our country in the Vietnam war.

Patience, passion and focus are what Freddie Rios puts into his American flag pins and what veterans did to make this country better.

"It is therapy, therapy. Because you get so shaky, and everything when you start and all of a sudden your brain and your fingers start working together," said Rios.

It's his retirement hobby and Rios makes different designs and styles to give to veterans and others.

"When I give a flag to people, I want them to honor the flag, just like when I gave it to the governor," he said.

Spending from 8 to 10 hours, and using simple math to match the flag, 50 stars and thirteen stripes.

"Be a patriot and patronize the nation and the world also, so where we can work together," said Rios.

Rios doesn't charge for his beaded art. But if people do offer money, it will go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Rios says he participates in Pride of Dakota and sells his leather goods, and you can find him at many veteran events in the state.

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